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Canals USA 1825
USA canals circa 1825

The following is a list of canals in the United States:

Transportation canals in operation

The United States also constructed the Panama Canal on territory it controlled.

Abandoned transportation canals

See also: History of turnpikes and canals in the United States

Irrigation, industrial and drainage canals





  • Waiolama Canal, Hilo





  • Edison Sault Power Canal


New Jersey


Natural inlets called canals

Lynn Canal and Portland Canal in Alaska and Hood Canal in Washington are natural inlets that use the name canal.

Canals by state

These are man made canals in each state that have been given a name and may consist of a narrow irrigation or drainage ditch to a large ship, municipal water and/or irrigation canal. States with extensive agricultural acreage may have many hundred to thousands of canals. USGS Topographical map numbers and latitudes and longitudes of each canal, usable as inputs into Google, Bing, etc. maps, are usually given.

Canals in each State
State Number
of canals
Ref. State Number
of canals

Alabama 21 Montana 858
Alaska 23 Nebraska 209
Arizona 289 Nevada 263
Arkansas 6 New Hampshire 10
California 2,903 New Jersey 41
Colorado 1,888 New Mexico 69
Connecticut 8 New York 116
Delaware 54 North Carolina 151
Florida 245 North Dakota 69
Georgia 25 Ohio 22
Hawaii 125 Oklahoma 9
Idaho 1,540 Oregon 661
Illinois 278 Pennsylvania 11
Indiana 2,239 Rhode Island 3
Iowa 299 South Carolina 33
Kansas 27 South Dakota 91
Kentucky 62 Tennessee 61
Louisiana 45 Texas 299
Maine 7 Utah 575
Maryland 44 Vermont 1
Massachusetts 26 Virginia 59
Michigan 1,668 Washington 237
Minnesota 1,451 West Virginia 2
Mississippi 185 Wisconsin 89
Missouri 287 Wyoming 1085

Total canals 18,241
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